New Administrative Manager for SFI Offshore Mechatronics

From January 2018 Anne-Line Aagedal will be the new administrative manager of SFI Offshore Mechatronics. Rachel Funderud Syrtveit was hired to set up the project and follow through the start-up phase. Now she has returned to the management support unit at the University of Agder.

Anne-Line Aagedal has a position as head controller at the Faculty of Sience and Engineering at UiA, and came from DNV GL (Det norske veritas) / Oslo in 2017. The Center is very happy to have her on board.

Anne-Line Aagedal

Steel and Ropes Seminar 2017


Teknova, together with UiA, NODE, Kristiansand commune, Vest and Aust Agder are proud to announce the second steel and fibre ropes specialist seminar, 27th to 29th of November 2017. The program includes lectures around the topic of:
Fiber ropes:
  *   Limits, challenge and opportunities associated with fiber ropes in running applications,
  *   Learning from the new FEM 5.024 guidelines,
  *   High performance fibres for fibre ropes.
Steel ropes:
  *   Corrosion of steel ropes in offshore applications,
  *   Tension/torsion response of wire ropes,
  *   Case studies where rope torsion is an issue.
Rope monitoring:
  *   Non-destructive techniques for wire ropes,
  *   Automatic detection of MRT signals.
Qualification and testing:
  *   State of the art testing of mooring and lifting systems
  *   Update on the recent standards developments.
In attachment you will find the flyer and full program for the seminar. The registration page can be found by following this link<>  , the price of the 3 day seminar is 6000 NOK ex VAT.
In acknowledgements for the co-sponsorship of NODE, UiA, Vest & Aust Agder and Kristiansand commune, companies located in Agder or members of the NODE cluster get a 50 % discount on the seminar cost, that is a three day seminar including lunches for 3000 NOK ex VAT.

Flyer til Steel and Fiber Ropes Seminar_270917

Pilot testing at MHWirth

WP3 pilot test

Picture by Geir Hovland

From left to right: Knut Berg Kaldestad, Joacim Dybedal, Atle Aalerud and Erind Ujkani

This autumn staff from UiA have visited engineers at MHWirth to plan an outdoor test of 3D sensors developed in the project.

The test will take place during spring 2018, in the MHWirth testing tower (Kristiansand). One of the goals in the Offshore Mechatronics project is to take the research out in real life. The results will be presented at the Annual Conference May 2018.

2017 Rice Data Science Conference

2017 Rice Data Science Conference
October 9-10, 2017 (opening keynote: 1pm on October 9)
Rice University,
BioScience Research Collaborative Building
6500 Main Street
Houston, TX  77005
As a NorTex Data Science Cluster partner you qualify for 50% discount on all registration categories. The ongoing “early bird” special will be running through Wednesday (9/27) this week so make sure you get 50% on the early bird price by registering NOW.
Before you complete the registration please make sure you enter the Promotional Code: NorTex-RDS17 on the top of the page at

nortex data science center

Digital Fluid Power 2017


The WP1 participated in the workshop DFP17 (Digital Fluid Power 2017) in Aalborg, Denmark, September 7-9 with all the members of the work package (Viktor Hristov Donkov, Sondre Nordås, Daniel Hagen, Torben Ole Andersen, and Morten Kjeld Ebbesen) and a guest of the WP Damiano Padovani. The workshop was dedicated to the different aspects of digital hydraulic. The workshop included 67 participants with the majority from Europe, and the industry was well represented. The WP presented two papers and received valuable feedback.


MIL and Teknova invest in a rope-testing machine


MIL and Teknova invests in a rope-testing machine to better understand how to predict remaining life of steel and fiber ropes.

“The machine lets us reproduce specific failure mode of a rope. By constantly running the rope over a sheave in a controlled environment, we are able to observe how the rope deteriorates and analyze sensor information to learn which data is important for understanding the road to failure. As a result, we will be able to predict, with greater precision, the remaining life of a rope,” says Thomas Meyer, Business Development Manager at Teknova.

The research institute Teknova, based in Grimstad and Kristiansand, is the leader of Work Package 5: Condition Monitoring Technologies in the Center for Offshore Mechatronics – an eight year long research program funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by the University of Agder.

WP5 aims to improve offshore maintenance operations by developing technologies and methods that enable condition-based maintenance strategies. Two of the five subtasks studies large diameter steel and fiber ropes, typical for the offshore industry.

“Our goal is to develop diagnostic and prediction algorithms that will replace human judgment by online monitoring technologies calling for maintenance weeks before failure occurs,” says Meyer.

The rope-testing machine is part of the first key equipment to be installed in the Mechatronics Innovation Lab (MIL), which is scheduled to open in Grimstad August 16, 2017.

“The machine will make MIL an interesting venue for producers of ropes and cranes. Heave-compensated cranes rely on a number of ropes that are constantly run back and forth over a sheave. A better understanding of how ropes perform over time, is of great interest and value,” says Meyer.

With a pull force of 30 tons, the 12 meters long machine manufactured in France, is designed to test ropes with a maximum diameter of 3 centimeters. Since most offshore ropes are thicker, Teknova has already applied for funding for a bigger machine, which would be able to test ropes with diameters up to 12 centimeters.

“Such a machine would be the largest in the world. It would instantly propel MIL to be an international test laboratory for offshore rope testing,” says Meyer.

Bending fatigue test stand
Length: 12 meters
Height: 2.2 meters
Width: 1.3 meters
Weight: 7 tons
Line pull: 30 tons
Producer: DEP Engineering (France)

Visit from Kvadraturen skolesenter


Today about 30 students from a local high school visit UiA and got insight and demonstration from PhD student Sondre Sanden Tørdal of the latest work in the SFI Offshore Mechatronics project. A lot of filming went on while he did a demonstration in UiAs Motion Lab. Recruiting to engineering and science is also a focus in the project, and a lot of future students got a taste of the possibilities today.


New PhD position WP 3


WP 3 has received funding from UiA for a new position within robotics and connected to the SFI Offshore Mechatronics project. The position will be advertised during Q1 2017.

New Steering Board for 2017 – 2019

The new Steering Board for SFI Offshore Mechatronics is the following:

  • Leif Haukom (GCE NODE) Chariman
  • Charlotte Skorup (ABB) Member
  • Arild Strand (Bosch Rexroth) Member
  • Morten Halvorsen (NOV) Member
  • Michael Rygaard Hansen (UiA) Member
  • Torben Ole Andersen (Aalborg University) Member
  • Thomas Meyer (Teknova) Member
  • Eivind Gimming Stensland (MacGregor) Deputy Member
  • Torgeir Welo (NTNU) Deputy Member

Steering Board